2017 Summer Reading Program Book - HIllbilly Elegy, by JD Vance 2017 Summer Reading Program Book - HIllbilly Elegy, by JD Vance

Summer Reading Program

Miami welcomes new students to its engaged community of learners through the Summer Reading Program. In this important tradition, now 36 years old, we underline those activities we value most as a community: critical engagement with ideas; close interaction among faculty, staff, and students; and reading, listening, reflecting, talking, and learning as characteristics of active, responsible citizenship.

As students' introduction to the types of dialogues they will engage in here with other learners, the summer reading program asks students to read a book during the summer and to return to campus in August prepared to discuss it with their fellow students and others in breakout sessions that follow the Convocation ceremony.

Participation in the Summer Reading Program is your first assignment as a university student. Your willingness to take the assignment seriously and to participate actively in group discussions in August may have important influences on your subsequent achievements as a Miami student.

The 2017 Summer Reading book is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. The reading focuses on issues of culture, class and the role of education with emphasis on our region. Stephen T. Williams, Mayor of Huntington, West Virginia will be our convocation speaker. Huntington has been named America's Best Community as part of a revitalization initiative that addresses many of the issues highlighted in the book.

During Summer Orientation, students may pick up a copy of the book  at the University Bookstore.

Convocation 2017 will be held on Friday, August 25th. Convocation will be followed by discussion groups.